by Lauren Mote
Yesterday, a girlfriend of mine arrived from Toronto. It was her first time to British Columbia, let alone Vancouver. She was on a stop-over for a night until she could travel to Whistler Village this morning to visit with her brother for a couple of days.
Being that my friend Melissa is knee-deep into the Toronto food industry, mainly acting as the Sommelier for the Air Canada Centre, owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., I decided the only way to show her the city is take her by the hand and knock her socks off.
To begin the evening, I offered Melissa an umbrella. Out here the umbrella is useful as well as the necessary accessory for each outfit.
We started in Yaletown, at George. Even though I knew that Nick Devine was no longer Bar Manager and mixologist extraordinaire at this venue (now he’s at the Cascade Room on Main St.), the bartenders still had their island of ingredients behind the counter, mixing, muddling and shaking – really paying homage to the “Devine cocktail list” still in rotation – that was an accidental play on words but really illustrates the uniqueness of Devine’s cocktails.
Melissa started with the Honey Mule ($10), a blend of ginger beer, honey infused vodka, bitters and lime juice. I started with the Ginger Mango Batida ($12), a muddled mixture of mango puree, fresh ginger, lime juice and Brazilian Cachaca – a spirit distilled from sugar cane syrup. Our very energetic server, Brittany, suggests a plate of vegetable spring rolls ($10) as a munchie with our drinks. The spring rolls came with three dipping sauces – spicy aioli, soy ginger and house-made plum. Simply delicious we thought.
Our next cocktails were slightly more elegant. Melissa had the Jade Down ($8), a blend of cucumber, kiwi fruit, honey and vodka. I had a similar cocktail called the English Martini ($8). It starts with cucumber infused gin, which is a classic pairing, with pressed apple juice, Pimm’s No. 1 and fresh mint. This was my kind of drink.
We quickly paid the bill and grabbed a taxi, and bolted up to Cambie St. at 17th to make our 9 pm reservation at Pied-à-Terre.
George Ultra Lounge
1137 Hamilton St.